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Asus W3J


This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus W3J laptop. This W3J is a nice laptop with a fairly powerful processor and graphics card. There is some extra configuration work required to get the audio working on the W3J under Linux.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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NameAsus W3J
ProcessorIntel Core Duo T2500 2.0GHz
Screen14“ WXGA
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon x1600
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
WirelessYesUse the ipw3945 module unless you will install fedora 11(leonidas) it will work without any extra effort
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested


To get the ATI graphics chip in the Asus W3J to function you can use either the open source radeon module or ATI's proprietary fglrx module. For installation instructions, you can view our Configuring an ATI graphics chip guide. 3D support requires the usage of the proprietary module.

The audio system in the W3J needs ALSA version 1.0.14rc1 or higher. Since at this time no Linux distribution includes this you will need to install it manually.

*Edit* If you decide to install Fedora 11 hot keys will also work as well as sound, graphic and wireless.


A little bit of Linux knowledge is required to get the audio in the Asus W3J working properly under Linux. Other features do work fine and future Linux releases should resolve the audio problem as well.


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